Cassius Blue Butterfly (Leptotes cassius) Egg/Larvae

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cassius Blue Butterfly (Leptotes cassius) Egg/Larvae

Had I not seen the butterfly laying eggs, there is no way I ever would have found the minute (smaller than 1/2 a pin head) egg. In trying to get a better photo of the egg a day or two later I saw on the computer screen that it had hatched and the larva was in the same shot.

Larval Host Plants: Milkpea (Galactia spp.), Leadwort (Plumbago spp.), wild tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquum)

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/cassius_blue.htm

Learn more: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=24

Learn more: VIDEO of ant interacting with a caterpillar: http://www.terranat.com/default.html?recid=132_notes

Shown on Florida Native Plant: DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica)

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Adult:

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Cassius Blue nectaring on Florida native plant Bidens alba

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3 comments
    • Loret said:

      Thanks for linking 🙂

  1. Thank you for bringing this small world to my eyes!

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